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also, in new york state, we are trying to get a tax on soft drinks. the american beverage association is coming out with these different advertisements saying, do not raise our taxes and so forth, with no care for the young people that are consuming this high fructose corn syrup, which is in everything from ketchup to steak sauce. host: let's leave it there and get an albright's take on high fructose corn syrup. guest: certainly, a lot of concerns about sweeteners. diabetes -- type 2 diabetes is the result of increased body weight which can come from too much calories from any source. certainly, if it is easy to get more calories in these beverages
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and other foods. it is important to take a look at the whole package, what you are doing and consuming. there is a reason moderation is key. it has stood the test of time. certainly, any of those products that are going to cause an excess intake in calories are going to be problematic. we would encourage parents to pay attention to what your kids are eating. look at moderation. be sure they are getting out and being active. i do not know that we can always point to a single, particular bill and, but we have to look at a number of factors that are contributing to the obesity problem. host: 1 last phone call. chattanooga, ray. independent phone call. caller: i would like to know if they have done any study with
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veterans of vietnam, and the veterans administration, to determine if type 2 diabetes came at all from the herbicide sprays that they used. guest: you are referring to agent orange. there are studies that have been done at that may have contributed to some forms of diabetes. i did not mention a categories of diabetes that we referred to as others, a catchall category. it can be a contributing factor. more study is necessary, more opportunity to better understand whether that is the case, or indeed, other contributors that veterans have as they grow older, the reason that they have type 2 diabetes. the bottom line, if you have type 2 diabetes, whatever the reason, it is incredibly important to take an active role in taking care of your diabetes.
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host: dr. ann albright, thank you for talking to us this morning. that does it for today's "wash. journal." the house will be meeting on tuesday. they will take up a continuing resolution to keep the government running. the sixth since october 2010. meanwhile, the president today speaks at kenmore middle school in arlington, virginia. that will be at 10:00 eastern time. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2011]
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>> as you heard, president obama is going to travel to arlington, virginia at a local middle school. cq is reporting that the president will call on congress to rewrite the note child left behind legislation for it we will have that speech live starting at 10:40 eastern this morning here on c-span. the house will gavel in later this morning. morning speeches are coming and noon eastern. legislative business gets under way at 2:00. no major legislation is expected. tomorrow, members will consider a short-term spending bill. the house rules committee will consider this bill later today. you can watch this lot started at 5:00 p.m. eastern cspan 3.
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>> tonight, technology and telecommunications policy with the chairman of the house subcommittee on communications, representative greg walden pond "the communicators" on c-span 2. >> we provide coverage of politics, public affairs, nonfiction books, and american history. it is all available on television, radio, online, and on social media networking sites and find our content any time through the cspan video library and we take cspan on the road with our content of vehicles. we bring our resources to your community. it is washington your way, the cspan networks, now available in more than 100 million homes, created by cable and provided as a public service. >> president obama is live at 10:40 this morning michelle bachmann traveled to this new venture this weekend to speak to a fund raising bunch but it
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-- hosted by the republicans in nashua, new hampshire. >> thank you for welcoming me. [applause] we have talked a lot already this morning about your great state model, "live free or die." causes me to think about the model of the state of virginia, "death to tyrants."
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[applause] view east coast people get access. we have been proud of minnesota. we are known as the gopher state. [laughter] we are pretty proud of that. our state model is "the star of the north." there is nothing quite like "live free or die." another thing i like about hampshire is the quality of the people and the kind of people. you are considered stoic, independent, blunt-speaking people. i planted myself one of you. i hope we can get along together. i feel the semi. last sunday morning, i was on a show called "meet the press." i said that obama care -- this is the legislation that is already impacted our health
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insurance policy -- president barack obama them as they said that if we would get obama care, our premiums would lower by $2,500 per household. remember that? say hello to 20% increases in premiums, 40% increases in premiums. what a deal. pay more, get less. that is what we are looking at with obama care. how do you like those over 1000 waivers that we have seen given out from the federal government? that includes your neighbor to the east, the state of maine. 8000 waivers to unions. thank you, maine, you've got a waiver. i want a waiver, too. how about you? do you want a waiver from obama care? [applause] i think i want a waiver from the last two years of the obama
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administration. are you up for that? [applause] apparently in washington, d.c., it is not polite to call something for what it is. i said that we have a gangster government running the show down in washington, d.c. i don't step back from that statement. this is an administration that is intent on taking from its opponents and giving to its friends. there is a lot in common with many chicagoans history. like we saw the jimmy carter administration, remembered the malaise of administration? after one term, that ended. it is my firm belief and conviction that barack obama needs to be a one-term president. [applause]
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i thank you that you sent a republican from new hampshire to serve in the united states senate. i think we can do a little bit better in our senate with harry reid where he is hell bent on preserving federal subsidies for cowboy poetry festivals. it is essential government services in the united states senate. that is what you consider responsible government. i think it is wonderful but all of you here in new hampshire did your duty. you help us take that immense gaveled out of nancy pelosi's hands. you have given us back our wallet. [applause] you did it with all the candidates. we thank you that you gave us that ability to be able to take back the gavel. america thank you, new hampshire, for what you have
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done. give yourselves a hand. it is astounding. [applause] now i am here in new hampshire today for the purpose of asking you one more time, new hampshire. we need your help because you have set the course for the rest of the nation. you have set the standard for the rest of the nation. this was not an easy state but you did it. you cracked the knot in your able to send liberty, freedom- loving people to represent you. now we need to replicate that in all 50 states. this is our brief window of opportunity in 2012 to win the triple crown. the united states senate, running back up to 60 seats of liberty-loving conservatives. in fact, i would not mind saying -- maybe senators that
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has something in common. how do you like that? [applause] did anyone ask the important question this morning? tea, anyone? i would like to see some tea served in the united states senate, 60 c to of tea served in the united states senate in 2012, an overwhelming majority of t-loving supporters and how about a united states president that gets what the american people want in 2012? [applause] and that will include [chanting] >> and this is what we call stability.
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as soon as our political theater is over, we will resume. [chanting] >> that's ok. they just brought the buses in from madison, wisconsin. don't worry about it. we will enjoy the rest of our time together. thank you so much. thank you for your warmth. thank you for your love. thank you for your welcome. [applause] get ready, we are seeing this kind of response because the coming andwe are we're serious about 2012. we are serious. bring it on. we are ready for you. [applause] we are getting the party off on the right foot and they know it. they know new hampshire is not about to let go of the celebrity-loving gains we have
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made. the left has targeted new hampshire is one of their first four states that they plan to flip back into the progress of column. will you let it happen? absolutely not. because we are going to take our country back in 2012. [applause] we are going to see you take back your next senate seat here in new hampshire and we are going to do that by getting the party off on the right foot in this first state in the nation for primaries, the all important caucus state. i love it. this is something minnesota has in common with new hampshire. when we are trying to get elected in our state, we also go living room to living room, person to person, to shake hands and get to know each other. isn't this a great way of electing the people's
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representative so we can listen to what the people say? what a novel concept. we listen to you. that is the tea party. we listen. [applause] and please, my new hampshire friends, appreciate, fully appreciate just how important you are in this process. we heard from jeff this morning, the importance of your earliest freedom lovers who were willing to spill their blood on this soil and the soil of massachusetts in order to secure our liberty. they did this for us. they successfully handed the torch of liberty from generation to generation. once again, it will be up to new hampshire to stand up and deliver for us in this first in the nation primary. it is that important and that much is at stake. when you go to choose the
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quality and the kind of candidate that we want to lead our nation in 2012. you will decide whether we will live free and prosperous ly. you will decide. you make that decision whether we will be that first nation -- that first generation in the history of the country that would not successfully transfer that torch. i am putting my money on new hampshire. i think you're up to it. [applause] i want to share with you -- i may for a -- i'm a former federal tax litigation attorney. i practiced exquisite the united states federal tax court. i learned first end how damaging the united states tax code is to individuals and farmers and businesses and families. i saw the devastation. i want to do something about it.
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let me share with you 75%. think about this number. that is the amount that our national debt has increased under speaker nancy pelosi possible for years as speaker of the house. it took us 231 years to accumulate debt. it is about $8 trillion. it took here four years to accumulate 75% of that amount or additional $6 trillion. $1.20 trillion, that reflects the amount of united states treasury that is held by the federal reserve. that is as a result of its controversial policy known as quantitative easing part ii.
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i said on the financial services committee. i'm a business person. marcus and i started our business from scratch. we are now up to 50 employees and we are proud of that. [applause] we sign both sides of the paycheck. we have seen a debasing of our currency. part of what the federal reserve was charged to do was to see our currency hold its value. has our dollar held its value under the watch of the federal reserve? hardly, ron paul will tell you has lost currency i about 96% of its value. we need a job evaluation of the federal reserve. [applause] in fact, the federal reserve is now the largest holder of u.s. treasuries.
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china oman -- china owns almost $1 trillion of u.s. treasurys. the president of china is president hu. it could be rightly said, hu is your daddy. [laughter] but now you could say that ben bernanke is their daddy. as the head of the federal reserve. another figure is $107 trillion. that is the estimate of the unfunded federal net liability for social security and medicare. let me repeat this in case anyone missed to this. look at all those zeroes. this is reality. this is why we have to take on a 65% of the federal budget. our current budget this year, we are $3.80 trillion in a budget
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for its 65% of that our entitlement programs, social security, medicare, medicaid. $107 trillion, the number up there is wrong, that is the estimated unfunded liability of social security. this year is the second year in a row the social security has been sending more money out in checks than what they are taking in. that is six years at a time of what the projections were. by 2017, medicare is scheduled to be flat broke. where did they go? the programs will have to go to -- to the treasury. when you go to the treasury, you open up that door, moths and feathers fly out. there is nothing behind the treasury. we have revenues coming in but this year alone, the deficit will be $1 trillion -- $1.60
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trillion. under the big spending george bush, and he was a big spender, a respected but he was a big spender, considered in 2007, the deficit was something less than $175 billion for the year. last month under barack obama, the deficit was $223 billion. we are going off the cliff with out of control spending. new hampshire, if you don't remember anything else, stop the spending now. stop this. stop the spending. stop the debt accumulation. it stopped now. [applause] the reason for that is every individual in this room and across the country that is under 35 years of age, you are the debt-paying generation. you could quite simply be a pick -- be looking at a deep reduced
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standard of living on like anything the united states has seen before. we will get into that more as we go on. let's look ed 35%. that is the job-killing income tax rate in the united states. the united states of america this year will be the top nation in the world with the highest corporate tax rate of any nation. you want to know why jobs are getting out sourced from america? look no further than this figure. 35%. $3.8 million is the next number. that is the irs estimate of the number of words in the tax cut. how many of you are busy filling out your tax forms right now? this is something i know something about. when we call the irs, they could not give us an actual number of words in the tax code. you are liable under penalty of perjury and jail time to get this right.
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$3.80 trillion. happy reading. april 15 is coming. let's look at $1.20 trillion. that is the estimate that we spend in this country for compliance with regulations. i consider the regulatory burden in this country one more tax on the job creators of this nation. another figure -- the number one. in this administration has issued exactly one permit to drill in this country for energy since barack obama came into office. as soon as he came into office, he instructed his interior secretary, ken salazar, to cancel 77 permits that had already been issued. let's look at the next number, $1.83. that is the price that gasoline was in our country the day before barack obama took office. as president of the united states. my, how times have changed.
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we can do a little bit better, don't you think? i think so too. [applause] 19 of 20, this is the number of metropolitan markets across the united states, boston for example, where housing prices have fallen in the last quarter. 19 of 20 metropolitan markets, the price of housing has fallen. name one city in the united states, there is only one where housing prices have not fallen. washington, d.c., where money never goes down. you are right. they think that hollywood is la- la land. 8.9%, that is the lowest unemployment has been in the last 20 months. that does not include the
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counter under employment. these are not good figures. 6000 represents the number of pages of rules and regulations that the obama administration has already written to implement the highly controversial transformational piece of legislation known as obama care. 6000 pages. and you thought that the health care bill was bad. it was nearly 3000 pages long in the senate. that bill will never finish being written because the bureaucrats behind the scene and the executives have already written an additional 6000 pages of bureaucracy to bind us. 159 is the number of new boards and commissions that obama care will create. you now have to deal with your doctor and yourself and you got your insurance company in between and now you have to fight 159 boards between you and your doctor. you also have to fight the 6000
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pages of regulation and growing. our final number is 105 billion. has anyone heard me talk about 105 billion, $464 million? this is a booby trap that we saw the democrats, nancy pelosi, harry reid, barack obama dropped into the obama care legislation. this is money that was hidden in plain sight. in the united states senate, the final version of the obama care legislation did not even get to the senators until just a couple of hours before they voted. the way it works in washington is we are given a bill and it is called an authorization. it creates a program. it creates a funding stream. it is not money. it creates something. that is called an authorization. that is what obama care was. then what we do to fund that program is we pass a second bill
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called an appropriation. that has the money in it. we could authorize that we will buy a ticket to disneyland for every american. that is called an authorization. then we pass an appropriation to give the money to buy those tickets. if we pass the first bill, we can brag about how we passed a bill descended to disneyland but you are not going unless we put the money in the second bill to pay for the ticket, understand? what happened with obama care, this was not an insignificant piece of legislation. i think the american people were paying attention. if you were looking up a newspaper certainly look up any radio archive or any television show, how many times did you see debated nationally $105,465 million in money to implement
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obama care? do you remember this debate? i was paying attention. i was on the front line. did you come down to washington, d.c. and get on a bus and help us? there you go, the state of maine, remember maine. this is amazing. in the most controversial piece of legislation, recognized in the polling, for over 49 weeks straight, not just conservatives, not just republicans, but if you polled all americans, a majority of americans pore over 49 weeks have said to repeal obama care. no other issue in modern times or in polling history has garnered so much universal support. think of that. it probably goes back to the kansas-nebraska act in the
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1850's. no other piece of legislation has so garner the public attention. they thoroughly dislike to this bill. the democratic leadership just happen to drop in $105 billion in funding. did that escape harry reid mind to sell -- tell the senators about this funding? did escape nancy pelosi's mind? i think obama gate 1 ordered 53 speeches on obama care. did he forget to mention that we got one of the $5 billion in this bill that we will implement socialized medicine with that no, this was intentional. they knew this would be unpopular bill. they knew they could lose the battle over this bill. they knew in order for this bill to survive it needed money and needed to be implemented and it needed to be implemented immediately to get the tentacles through your lives and our government and our institutions so that no matter who was elected in the future, your
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franchise, your vote would be neutralized. that was because they wanted to get their way. i don't know about you and i don't exactly know why our republican leadership has not taken this up in washington, d.c., but i am insulted -- [applause] as a member of the united states house of representatives, i am insulted that i was not given this information before the votes. you should be, too. that is not the way we do business in this country. that is not what the brave men and women who have served our country, my father served in the air force, step father served in the army, my brother retired out of serving in the united states navy. that is not the kind of nation they went to war and put their lives on the line for. we are a representative, a constitutional republic. that is our government. this is a crime against
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democracy not to reveal a material terms of this legislation to the american people. [applause] all of thesewhat figures mean to us. it means this is unbridled spending. it means this is unsustainable debt. it means it undermines currency. it means a unfunded liabilities, unfathomable levels of taxation for our children and grandchildren. unrestrained regulation, under water homes, on least energy inflation, unsettled families, on ending unemployment and underemployment, on known an unwarranted and unstoppable self spending. it has to stop now. it could mean the end of the american dream as we know it. it could come sooner than any of us would care to admit. in the live free or die state,
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all of you remarkable common- sense people, if you are in this situation where you held that position of power in government, i think it is safe to say you would take action if you saw these numbers. that is why i am there. i did not go there to be a back thener and try to figure out how long i could stay in congress. i went there because i believe in this country and i love this country. i will not allow them to take away this country from freedom- loving people. i won't allow it. [applause] because the real problems are a the airelite in d.c. who think they can run your life better than you can. they have to run your life for you. do they have a better plan for your health care? they have a better plan for in,
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your w2, they know how the environment should work, they want control of our economy and the climate change fantasies they live in. they think they can do that. their ultimate example of arrogance is obama care. let me tell you about a bill i recently introduced. it is in response to the fact that the government even thinks they should tell you how much water you should have in your toilet, what kind of light bulb you should be able to buy, i just decided i would introduce the light bulb of freedom of choice act [laughter] [applause] because i think thomas edison did a pretty patriotic thing for this country by inventing the light bulb. i think are well that you in new hampshire, if you want to buy that invention, you should be able to.
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that is my legislation that is where we take a stand. [applause] which brings me back to the results of where we are going from here. in capitol plaza, you saw it this last week and wisconsin, in indiana, ohio and a little parade that went through here earlier today -- we have seen a bitter, hateful demonstrations against the essential reforms that we have to take. isn't it interesting that the demonstrations in greece, the demonstrations we have seen in spain and united kingdom and madison, wisconsin and ohio -- where they demonstrating for? more government. more spending. what about the tea party? what has the tea party said? we just want to be responsible with our own money. we want less government. we want less spending. we want greater >> liberties>
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remarks from our -- wisconsin rep michelle bachmann. you can see these in entirely on our website,. arlington, live to virginia and president obama. >> thank you so much. everybody have a seat. it is wonderful to be here ken atmore. i want to thank our principal. doctor? [applause] superintendent of arlington public schools, patrick murphy. [applause] i believe the arlington county school board is represented here. where are they? there they are over there. [applause] they're all doing great work. we've got your own congressman ji,m moran in the house. [applause]
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and we've got somebody who i believe will go down as the finest secretary of education we have ever had, arne duncan. [applause] now, before beginning, -- before i begin, let me say that like all americans, i continue to be heartbroken by the images of devastation in japan. i know all of you young and old have been watching people magnitude of this tragedy unfold. i want to reiterate america's support for the people of japan. who are some of our closest friends and allies. i have said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime ministerkahn, the united states will offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple
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disasters. we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult days ahead. i just had a chance to talk with some of your teachers as well as some students who told me about your all school project weaving the life and music of duke ellington into your glasses. by getting students engaged in learning, you are teaching the kind of skills about how to think and work together that young people will need in college and beyond. that is what all of our schools need to be doing. in an economy that is more competitive and connected than ever before, a good job and a good career is going to demand a good education. over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs are going
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to require more than a high- school diploma. if you want a bright future, you will need a college degree or advanced training. as arne duncan mentioned, unfortunately, too many students are not getting a world-class education today. as many as 1/4 of american students are not finishing high school. the quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. america has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree. we used to be first and we now rank ninth. that is not acceptable. turning these statistics around is not just the right thing to do for our kids, it is the right thing to do for our economy because the best jobs program out there is a good education.
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the best economic policy is one that produces more college graduates. [applause] that is why for the sake of our children and our economy and america's future, we will have to do a better job educating every single one of our sons and daughters. all of them. that responsibility begins not in our classrooms but begins in our homes. it begins with parents who are instilling in their kids, not only below of learning, but also the self-confidence and especially the self discipline and work ethic that is at the heart of success in school and success in life. we have to work hard, young people, i am talking to you.
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i've got a couple at home. the truth is, the world will be more competitive and nobody will give success to you. you will have to earn it. that means you have to apply yourself. that you will learn at home, first and foremost. that is not where the responsibility ends. all of us have a responsibility, not just as parents but as citizens. , for giving our kids the best possible education. for a long time, we were not sure about how to give our kids that kind of education. there were a lot of arguments for many. years some people thought if you put more money into education, that would solve the problem. the other side thought that money does not matter.
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we need reform. there were those who argued that we should dismantle the public education system altogether. rather than working together both sides remained locked in this stalemate year after year, decade after decade and nothing much changed. and then something began to happen in state and local school districts. instead of getting caught up in these old debates, people began to break -- began to agree that we need more money and more reform. we need more resources for the school but we have to reorganize our schools are doing business in order to assure success for our young people. people began coming together, parents, students, teachers, administrators, reformers, local officials and we started witnessing an amazing success stores across america. there is a school in denver ,bruce randolph school, that
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went from one of the worst schools to graduating 97% of its seniors. in cincinnati, taft high school when from handing out only one to, for every five students, to graduating 95% of its seniors and preparing them for careers in technology. our goal as an administration, my goal as president, has been to build on the successes across america. we know what can work. two years ago, we started doing exactly that, trying to figure out how we incentivized success by starting something, a competition called "race to the top." we are saying to states, prove you're serious about reform and we will show you the money. because it is a competition for less than 1% of what our country
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spent on education each year, raced to the top as lead over 40 states to raise their standards for teaching, learning, and student achievement. these standards would not developed in washington but they were developed by republican and democratic governors across this country. we have made enormous progress. this is probably the most significant education reform initiative we have seen in a generation. but we need to make sure we are reaching every child in america, not just those in states for districts that take partra ince to the top. we need to continue this competition but we have to open it up. local schoolting districts apply. [applause] that is why we need to take the same bottom-up approach when it
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comes to reforming america's most important education law, otherwise known as no child left behind. we have to reform no child left behind. [applause] over these last few weeks, we have had education month around the white house. i have travelled across the country and talk with folks about education. we have been doing that for the last couple of years. what i have heard and the rest of my team has heard, loud and clear, from teachers and students and parents and communities is that no child left behind got some things right and got some things wrong. the goals of no child left behind were the right goals.
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making a promise to educate every child with an excellent teacher, that is the right thing to do. that the right goal. higher standards, accountability, is right. shining a light on the achievement gap between students of different races and backgrounds and those with and without disabilities, that is the right thing to do. what has not worked is denying teachers, schools, and states what they need to meet these goals. that is why we need to fix no child left behind. [applause] we need to make sure we are graduating students who are ready for college and ready for careers. we need to put outstanding teachers in every classroom and get those teaches the pay and support they deserve. [applause]
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i got some applause for that. we need to not only hold failing schools accountable, we need to help her in those schools around. in the 21st century, it is not enough to leave no child left behind. we need to help every child get ahead we need to get every child on a path to academic excellence. [applause] here is the good news -- i am proud of the commitment by democrats and republicans in congress to fix no child left behind, to make this reform a reality. because they recognize education as an area where we cannot afford to drag our feet. as arne duncan says, our kids only get one shot at an education and we have to get it right.
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that is why i am calling on congress to send me an education reform bill i can sign into law before the next school year begins. [applause] before next year's school year. i want every child in this country to head back to school in the fall knowing their education is america's priority. let's see is the education moment, let's fix now child left behind. [applause] last week, we got a reminder of why it is so critical we reform this law. according to estimates, under the system no child left behind put in place, more than 80% of our schools may be labeled as
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failing. 80% of our schools, four out of five schools will be labeled as failing. that is an astonishing number. our impulses to either be outraged that the numbers are so high were skeptical that they are even true. skepticism is somewhat justified. we know that four out of five schools in this country are not failing. what we are doing to measure success and failure is out of line. in fact, the list of supposedly failing schools includes schools that are making an extraordinary progress including kenmore. yes, we still have more work to do here at the school to close the achievement gap. wo dr.rth would agree with that. we have to make sure every student is on track.
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e can't see a k year atenmore -- we can see a year atkedn kenmore, you are thriving. [applause] this means that we need a better way of figuring out which schools are deeply in trouble, which schools are not, and how we get not only the schools that are in really bad shape on track, how do we help provide the tools to schools that want to get even better to get better? that way of measuring success and failure is the first problem with no child left behind that we need to fix. instead of labeling school eight failure one day and throwing up our hands and walking away, we need to focus on the schools that need the most help. we need to hold our schools
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accountable for the success of every child, black, white, latino, asian, students with disabilities, in english language learners. we need to make sure our best teachers are teaching in some of our worst schools. we need to reward schools that are doing the difficult work of turning themselves around. [applause] we are going to have to take a series of steps across a broad range of measures to not only target our most troubled schools but raise expectations for all our schools. first, we will have to fix our schools are labeled and identified. but we have to do more than that. in recent years, 15 states have actually lowered their standards to make it easier for their kids to meet the targets set by now child left behind. think about that.
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that is a pretty perverse incentive. when states say to lower their standards of the have an easy time passing those standards so that we don't get punished under no child left behind. that makes no sense. that is inexcusable. instead of measuring students based on whether they are above or below an arbitrary bar, we need to set better standards to make sure our students are meeting one clear goal, they are graduating, ready for college, and ready for a career. [applause] that is the goal we need to set. to know whether our kids are on track to meet that goal, we need better assessments. i want to speak to teachers in particular. i'm not talking about more tests. i'm not talking about teaching to the test.
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we don't need to know whether a student can fill out a bubble. we do need to know whether they are making progress. we do need to know whether they are not only master in reading, math, and science but also developing the kind of skills like critical thinking and creativity and collaboration that i just saw on display with a student's i met here. those are skills they will meet for the rest of their lives. not just to be good workers but to be good citizens. [applause] that does not mean testing will go away. there will be testing. the point is that we need to refine how we are assessing progress so that we can have accountability without rigidity. accountability that still
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encourages creativity inside the classroom and empowers teachers and students and administrators. of course, we know that better standards and better assessments and better curriculum will make a difference without outstanding teachers. every day in this country, teachers are doing a heroic job for their kids. every day [applause] . they are taking on the problems that follow students in the class, coming in early to write lessons, spending hours after- school tutoring students. my sister is a teacher, i know. in south korea, teachers are known as nation builders. i think it is time we treated
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our teachers with the same level of respect right here in the united states of america. [applause] if we are serious about treating teachers that way, if we are serious about educating all our kids with an excellent teacher, we will have to fix no child left behind. it says that teachers need to be certified before they step into the classroom. certification can be an important measure of the quality of the teacher. obviously, we want teachers to be well-qualified. when the quality of a teacher can make or break a child's education, we have to make sure that our certified teachers are also outstanding teachers. teachers who can reach every last child. [applause]
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and so what we need to do is a better job preparing and supporting our teachers, measuring their success in the classroom, holding them accountable. we will have to stop making excuses for the occasional bad teacher. we will have to start paying good ones like the professionals that they are. [applause] if we truly believe that teaching is one of the most value professions and society and i cannot think of a more important profession, we got to start battling our great teachers. [applause] start-- we've got to valuing our great teachers. there are many ways of valuing teachers. i don't know any teacher who get into it for the pay. the teachers who are here, you got into it for the kids.
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, for the satisfaction of feeling you are passing on knowledge that these young people will use and carry on for the rest of their lives. we need to reward you by letting you make more of a difference for your kids. we need to build on what is being done and here at kenmore and give you more time to lead and give you more responsibility and the schools. at to replace the baby boomers who are retiring in the coming years. we will have to recruit a new generation of teachers including 100,000 new math and science teachers of the next decade. these are the steps we will have to take to fix no child left behind. and together with what we are already doing to make college more affordable for millions more students, i am confident that his reforms will help meet the goal i set when i entered
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office. by the end of the decade, we will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. we will be number one again. that is my priority. [applause] these steps will require reforms. they will require a change in rules and standards and attitudes. let me just point out, there is no avoiding the fact that it will cost money. fixing our failing schools costs money. it requires reform but it costs some money. recruiting and rewarding the best teachers will cost money. making it possible for families to send their kids to college costs money. after a decade of deficits, there is not a lot of money to go around. i understand that. for too long, the government has been spending more than it has
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been taking in and we cannot keep that up. we'll have to cut what responding we can afford to do without. i have called on a five-year freeze an annual domestic spending. that will cut the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade. that will make the kind of spending a smaller share of the economy, smaller than it has been in 50 years. we're sitting down right now with republicans and democrats to find other ways to get our delegates -- deficits under control. we cannot be reckless and irresponsible about how we cut. let me make a plane -- we cannot cut education. we cannot cut the things that will make america more competitive [applause] . think about what happens in your own family when somebody loses a
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job or as an illness and you need to cut back. you start by skipping that vacation you had been planning or you see what is on tv instead of going to the movies. maybe you start packing your own lunch. there are a bunch of things you might do very the last thing you will do, is to dip into the children's college savings. that is too important. he will not give that up. what is true for your family is true for the american family. [applause] it is the same principle. a budget that sacrifices our commitment to education would be a budget that sacrifices are countries it future. that would be a budget that sacrifices our children's future. i will not let it happen. [applause] so --
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yes, i am determined to cut our deficit but refused to do it by telling students here who are so full of promise that we are telling -- and we are not willing to invest in your future. i am not willing to tell these young people that their education is not a priority. i'm talking about students like di katharineaz who says she wants to have the opportunity to be who she wants to be. katherine wants to be a professional violinist or the first female president of united states. [applause] she's not sure yet. she might do both. you can do it one at a time. where is roberto? he says with good schools and
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good teachers that we can grow to be anything we want. [applause] it turns out roberto wants to be the first hispanic president of the united states. [applause] you guys will have to work out the sequence. [laughter] roberto, katherine, and the students like them need us to offer than the best education possible not only because that is how they will succeed, not only in because that is how we will out to be countries around the world, but because that is what we do. that is who we are. that is what america is about. we are a place that believes every child, no matter where they come from, can grow up to be anything they want to. katherine, roberto, or a skinny
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kid with a funny name candor of to be the united s -- the president of the united states. that is the commitment we make to the next generation. i am confident that if we fix no child left behind come that we continue to reform american education, continue to invest in our children's future, that is the america we will always be. thank you. god bless you. god bless the united states of america. [applause] ["stars and stripes forever"]
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>> president obama speaking at kenmore middle school in arlington, va., just outside washington, d.c. he told present -- to the vermont he wants all teachers to return in the fall to know that he is making education a priority. they want to reform the neutron left behind law. both parties are urging changes to the law. join us later today when the house will gaveled in. morning our speeches at noon eastern bank alleges that the business at 2:00 p.m. the major bills expected today. tomorrow, on members will consider a fixed short-term spending bill that will cut $6 billion from current levels and run until april 8th. the house rules committee will consider the bill later today and you can watch this life
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beginning at 5:00 p.m. eastern on our companion network, c- span3. >> tonight, technology and telecommunications policy with chairman of the house subcommittee on communications, representative greg walden. on "the communicator's" on c- span2. >> you can listen on itunes or your and the 3 player. you can -- or your mp3. interesting conversation on "q&a. listen to the variety of podcasts whenever you want. everything you need to know is online at >> a discussion now on the republicans' plans to create jobs in the u.s. from this morning's "washington journal." host: back with congressman mike coffman of colorado. let me begin with the stories we
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are seeing about nuclear power in japan. we are reading that the ranking democrat on the national -- natural resources committee has asked president obama to look at the 31 facilities in this country that have similar technology to what japan uses. and perhaps putting a halt on those to figure out if we are in the same danger. guest: the chairman of the energy and commerce committee that congressman markey said on has asked for a hearing to bring the industry forward and to ask tough questions. to say, okay, this is what happened in japan. what are the standards in the united states? do we have the same risk? you know, this is clearly a pause for nuclear power. i am certainly an advocate for nuclear power. i think, only 20% of our
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energy, and adjust it, derived from the cliff power today. it is much stronger in other countries. it is clean energy. at the same time, i want to make sure it is safe. i look forward to the hearings from the energy and commerce committee to see what the industry has. and clearly, the administration as the regulatory authority has to be engaged as well. host: the energy and commerce committee will take up the hearing on wednesday, i am reading in the papers this morning. what would you like to hear? what would reassure you about this power? guest: part of the problem is it may be too early for us to make an assessment. until we really get sort of an after-action analysis as to what occurred in japan and what the defects were, and their regulatory framework in terms of their delivery of nuclear power. it is hard for us to know. i understand the interest in the
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issue, but it is a little premature in terms of reaching conclusions. host: "the washington post" on sunday had this piece about where nuclear facilities are across the world and where they are close to seismic frisky areas. four of the nuclear power facilities, reactors in this country, are in california, which is at risk of an earthquake and a tsunami. would you be open to putting the brakes on some of those facilities that lie along seismic lines? guest: i think once things settle down to where we know what happened and we can look at our facilities and see, are there similar designs along similar lines, and if there are, what corrective measures will we have to take? again, it is kind of early to tell. i am concerned about an energy
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crisis in the united states, particularly shortage of oil and natural gas in this country where we have reserves that we can certainly produce. but this situation in japan can affect the global economy, and we have a very fragile recovery right now so obviously there is a concern about any spike in energy prices putting this country into a double-dip recession. host: do you think the situation in japan with their nuclear facility, does it contribute to the upward track in the oil and gas prices? guest: it may have an impact, in the sense that generally oil is not used for the production of electricity, it is natural gas and coal. what they may do is shift away from nuclear power more to natural gas and coal and that would create a greater demand. it peaked at the same time, this will obviously slow their economy down.
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it will obviously increase the demand for oil consumption in terms of manufacturing, the overall economy. in a way, that will relax pressures have internationally -- the global market or demand for oil. we have resources in this country. and i think it is incumbent upon the department of interior to move forward and allow americans to develop their own energy. host: president obama friday in a news conference says his administration is doing that. i want to show viewers what he had to say and get your reaction. >> first, we need to continue to boost domestic production of oil and gas. last year, american oil production reached its highest level since 2003. let me repeat. our oil production reached its highest level in seven years.
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we'll production from federal waters in the gulf of mexico reached an all-time high -- oil production. imports account for less than half of what we consume. any notion that my administration has shut down oil production might make for a good political sound bite but it does not match upper -- with reality. >> i think the administration has been asleep on this issue. a first of all, they were caught napping when we had the situation in the gulf when they were not doing their job, the regulatory responsibilities, making sure that we were producing oil safely and meeting the environmental concerns. mms was not doing its job and we have a lot to show that. in terms of onshore development, that than the reality -- that the reality is they allow the, i
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think, a number of bureaucratic hurdles to exist that really slowed energy production, on short and a jeep production on public lands. so, i would certainly disagree with the president then that think the record would show that and i think if he talked to anybody in the industry, i think they would affirm that. and i think we potentially will see a spike in oil prices. host: where are you on the issue of whether or not to attack the oil reserves we have in this country? guest: i think that would be a tremendous mistake because that would be only a short-term relief. that needs to be -- a fundamental disruption in supply due to some catastrophic event. we clearly don't have that. so, let's reserve the strategic resource for that purpose. but what we clearly have is a situation where our production
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has not kept up with demand. we are dependent on foreign sources and we are seeing a steady rise in the price of oil. so, what the president needs to do is say, let's strike a balance between environmental interests and industry interests in terms of allowing -- again, i think americans to produce american energy. let's strike that balance. i don't believe we have that balance now in the administration. i think they are too far on the left with the belief they can go to alternative renewable energies that are very costly. certainly in terms of oil -- oil is primarily used as a transportation fuel and not to produce electricity. host: let's move on to what is happening on capitol hill as soon as tomorrow. a house will vote on another continuing resolution to give the government funding. i believe it is a three-week extension be what are your thoughts on the way republicans
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and senate democrats are governing when it comes to the budget? guest: first of all, the fact that there was not a budget last year when the democrats control both houses of congress and the white house -- they did not produce a budget. so, now we are dealing with continuing resolutions short- term, which is a very bad way to manage government. we have done a two-week one. that will expire. the senate does not seem anywhere close. they have not been able to get a bill to the floor. i think what will happen is we will vote tomorrow on a three- week resolution that will have $6 billion in cuts -- host:. guest: we did a two-week one of $4 billion so it seems like we are on that pace. that would be my hope. i think the senate will sign off on it.
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it is very difficult for anyone doing -- it creates uncertainty for anybody trying to do business with the government in terms of not knowing whether they have a contract with the federal government. that will be honored through the end of the fiscal year. host: house republicans taken over. a lot of a focus on spending cuts. according to a bloomberg poll, when given five choices for the most important issues facing the nation, unemployment and jobs ranked first with 43 provides sign -- 43%. it down from a previous poll. but deficits and spending, 29%, up from 25%. but it still ranks. there has been criticism from democrats you are not doing much on jobs and that is what you ran on. guest: first of all, and the demand-side stimulus program offered by the administration and democratic congressional leadership that was focused on the public sector and not the
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private sector -- $787 billion in the first tranche has not been successful in bringing down unemployment. still stuck at a high rate. what we need to do is lower of the regulatory burdens, lower the cost of business in the united states by laurie taxes and again regulatory burdens. i think we have done that with the 1099, the requirement that came out of the health-care initiative that would have produced really a job killing burden upon small businesses. what we are trying to do and working with the democrat- controlled senate, and working with our democrat president, is to do what we can to let where the burdens on small businesses in particular, to allow them -- to give them breathing space to create jobs. in terms of the debt, we have to be honest with the american people that it will rob us of
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prosperity going forward, and our interest on the debt is over $200 billion a year. it is diverting, i think, dollars that would otherwise be invested in this economy. i think we do have a debt crisis and the united states but we simply have to be honest with the american people. host: kevin mccarthy said yesterday said there is more to come from republicans, specifically job creation-type bills. what do you know? what will be on the floor? guest: i think the focus, again, will be on what we can do to reduce -- just the regulatory burdens on small businesses. i think that will be the general focus that we are going to be looking at there. we moved the 1099 issue from the house. so just a number of other regulatory issues.
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in addition, certain of looking at energy. host: we will move to phone calls. georgia. ibp. thanks for your patience. caller: good morning, congressman. i have a question that i do not think you will be built -- be able to answer it. it is not scripted. the republican initiative has always been less government -- cut spending and taxes. we want small government. i do not really know if the nuclear reactors are safe or not -- kind of open-minded about it -- but i have a solution. why don't you do this? you are so into small government. they what loan guarantees. if they are so safe, let them get financing from the private sector. of bede government' out and repeal the limiting of liability. if you are really what you say you stand for i cannot see how you can possibly not support
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those two moves. you and the rest of the republicans. guest: certainly what i stand for -- beyond small government, i think is efficient and effective government. clearly we don't have that today. i think you are right to look at the subsidies for the nuclear- powered industry, as we ought to look at subsidies across the board on all industries. alternative forms like wind, solar, ethanol. i would certainly like to take a look at those subsidies and allow various forms of energy -- whether or not they exist, to allow the market to make those decisions. i would agree with you on that. host: bill, democrat from seattle. good morning. caller: i have a question for you. but before i ask a question i just want to say something about it -- you said something about this administration has been asleep when it came to
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energy policy. i want to say that every administration has been asleep, all the way back to richard nixon or before that. moving on to what i wanted to ask you about, to me it is kind of amazing that these plants that are aging in japan took the heads that we did and we did not end up with a chernobyl. i believe in nuclear energy. i believe it is the way to go. in france they have these small nuclear plants, the french model. i was just wondering what you thought about that and what possible future that might have in the united statesguest: fran% dependent upon nuclear energy. from the obama stand point, there are processing into george issues to be dealt with.
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-- storage issues to be dealt with. once the issue settles down in japan and we get a solid analysis of what occurred and why it occurred, i think it will provide a certain set of benchmarks for the united states in terms of safety for us to look at our entire industry. i hope that it turns out that we can move forward in the united states. i think it is a clean form of energy. if we look at things like electric cars and improved data technology, getting a clean source to produce it. host: the associated press is reporting that the fuel lodge at the reactor was fully exposed.
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guest: i am not familiar enough with that to respond. there are reports that i am reading that particular matter coming out of some of these reactors as they try to cool it down with salt water releasing steam from that. some of it is contaminated. that is a concern. host: the swiss government has suspended plans pending a review of the hydrogen explosions at the japanese plants. republican line. caller: i live across the river
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from one place and we have been told that the dome in indian point may deal with this. one person did a documentary back in 2004. if you want to get scared from nuclear power plants, take a look at the documentary. it shows the impact the dome could take. take all of the fuel out of an air force jets and rammed it into a 10 foot wall. guest: living by a nuclear power facility there is a risk imposed.
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people have concerns that affect the value of land in proximity to the facility. i am sympathetic fair. this is a setback for the industry. the question about it. we will have to look and analyze at it to determine if there are additional takeaways on facilities like indian point. and we have to look at what we need to do if we are going to move forward. i hope there are modifications that we can make if necessary on existing facilities. i hope we can move forward. we will have to find out -- we are a long ways away from the understanding the safety implications, based on what is
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happening in japan. host: expose means not covered by water. when exposed, they tended to overheat. caller: there is some type of misunderstanding. i hear republicans talking about spending in the government. i believe there is more of a revenue problem in a spending problem. focus more on job creation and there would not be much of a problem about spending if more people were working.
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there has not been any specific job creation bill that i have seen. the congressman can answer specifically, is there going to be any specific job creation deal? guest: republicans only control one house in congress. i think both parties want to do all we can to stimulate job growth. we wanted to have a collateral effect on the private sector. we want to put more money in the hands of business and tax relief and creating jobs without additional money. we have gone down in the demand side.
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now we want to go down the supply side of lowering the costs in the united states. i think we did it by initiating rule.eal of the 1099 wil that is incredibly burdensome. now we are trying to repeal certain provisions of obama care. we want to reduce the rate on businesses as well. we want to make america more competitive and global. host: democrat, in orlando,
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florida. caller: someone earlier said albert einstein died and he was not aware of the dangers of nuclear power plants. he died in the 1950's and he was aware of the potential dangers. i remember when nuclear waste was enclosed in summit containers in dropped in avert oceans. they do not go away. we are leaving time bombs for future generations. this is a very selfish if we do not care about what happens to the world 500 years from now, as long as it does not affect us. in the 1980's, one person said he liked to see the elimination
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of all nuclear weapons. he wished that all nuclear plants would be removed. host: talk about the connection she made between nuclear power plants and nuclear bombs. guest: they are separate and very different. we understand the storage of nuclear waste material into the technology and the concern of it falling into the wrong hands. we have used nuclear substances safely in our aircraft carriers and submarines. host: phoenix, independent scholar. caller: everyone keeps saying it
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only produces 20% electricity per carrier. congress should use business skills -- [unintelligible] have a good day. guest: 20% of of energy is electrical produced by nuclear power plants. then call and natural gas. we are looking at alternative forms of energy such as wind and solar. caller: i listened about the epa and all of this.
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then i hear class warfare, look at this. as far as i am concerned, obama cut our jobs off by using the epa. he thinks we are stupid that we do not realize he is doing this. [unintelligible] it does not happen overnight. you can make it safer, and we can put people back to work. how many people could go back to work in alaska that has to live off of food stamps. how many people out in california could go back to work? how many people on the north east?
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host: we get your point. guest: the cabin trade bill was designed to raise energy prices for fossil fuels in an effort to ship it to alternative sources. we have a clear problem. we import the majority of our oil from sources that may not be reliable. we have resources inside of the united states. we can responsibly developed them. we have policies that are balanced environmentally. this the administration needs to adjust its policy to allow for it.
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host: international aid efforts -- come together quickly for japan. what are your thoughts on this? any concerns that we are stretched too far given that we are in afghanistan and other countries? guest: we have a sizable presence with the united states marine corps and the air force in okinawa and some facilities in mainland japan. we are utilizing those forces already in the region. we are not to. others of paramilitary assets. host: to you suspect the chairman of the armed services committee will be taking some of our resources over to japan?
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guest: we have been in discussions about what to do with our forces there in the first place. there were issues with japan wanting to move our forces from okinawa. it will be interesting to see with this incident how our forces are perceived and have they are involved in humanitarian issues in japan. it is a great move for this country. host: what does it mean for possible pentagon cuts putting more resources in japan? guest: those assets are already
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in japan. i am in iraq war veteran. i think i have a role as a conservative on this committee in terms of looking at defense cuts. the military today -- there is a big bureaucracy that needs to be slimmed down. we need to look at some of our weapons system programs. there are question marks about it. i think every dollar wasted in defense is an option to defend the country. host: next caller. caller: i would like to remind
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republicans that are so critical of this administration that when it took office, they walked into a number of messes. messy wars that were not paid for. a collapsing economy in which employment was losing thousands of jobs each month. and a decimated interior department to run by secretary cheney's energy policy that no one was made aware of. guest: the first issue was that the administration came in with the circumstances with an economy in free fall. it has not produced what they
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said it would. they talk about inheriting the situation in iraq and afghanistan. i think that is true as well. this administration double down on the bush policy in afghanistan. i believe that we have security objectives and they need to make sure the country does not fall to the taliban. they want to strike al qaeda targets. we have gone far beyond that into a world policy with nation- building. it has been at the expense of taxpayers. i think the third issue is when
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this administration took office, it was a mess. the secretary of interior said there was a mess, but it did not get there to clean it up. he knew there were problems in office. now we are left with the situation we are in now. they cannot allow one americans to develop on public lands. as far as i'm concerned, the administration failed on all three. caller: i have mixed feelings about nuclear power. [inaudible]
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the republican party is against obama care. what makes that fair for us to pay your health insurance and yet i cannot have health insurance? guest: i get my health insurance through the congress of the united states. you are right. government employees enjoy a better benefits than citizens in the united states. the military system is better called caitri-care. caller: who builds a nuclear power plant in japan?
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host: i am not sure the congressman knows the answer to that. what is your point? caller: something is wrong with the japanese power plant. host: you wonder if an american company build this? guest: i think we will do and -- a report on this to see if we are using the same technology and models. we will look at what we need to do to upgrade. host: we will take a look at that on wednesday. go to our website to check the schedule. next caller. caller: dick cheney, when he was
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in there, he dealt with the regulatory system. they cannot use the $5,000 on a valve that could have prevented that terrible spill. a half a million dollar valve could have prevented all of that period was obama supposed to go down there and put it on right after he was elected? guest: the federal government is supposed to oversee its on public lands in the united states. i think ken salazar publicly said there is a new sheriff in town, and i will clean this up.
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he was lobbying about obama care on the hill. the focus was not there. both republicans and democrats in the end of ministration have their fingerprints all over this. the american people need to know we will conduct a drilling in the united states and it will be responsibly done. we need to look at the environmental concerns. host: oklahoma, independent line. caller: i was a 40-year democrat. now i am an independent. president obama is regulating
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the oil and energy industry. the oil rigs in the gulf are leaving. he is regulating on land drilling to the point where private drillers are drilling in the united states. it is clean energy. i am concerned over the spent nuclear fuel storage of it. if we go more nuclear, we need more space. guest: the challenge is that storage is not my approach. people do not want a storage
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facility in certain areas. i think it has been tough as we can see trying to locate one in nevada. i think we know how to do it. we know how to do underground storage safely. that is an ongoing issue that will always be with us. there is going to be environmental cost with any form of energy that we take up. we need to recognize that and see if there is an appropriate balance. americans have hit the pause button on the nuclear industry. we will look at what is happening with japan and evaluating what is happening. looking at how to go forward. host: a lot to talk about this
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morning. james, indiana. go ahead. caller: when these people are cutting all of your programs, are you keeping guards on our nuclear plants or are you cutting money for that as well? each one is a potential bomb. thanks. guest: it is always an ongoing concern. lowering taxes on -- and employers so they can create more jobs is a priority.
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americans need to be concerned about what impact it will have at the end of the day. we take money out of the economy when we increase them. host: mike, houston, texas. caller: you were talking about afghanistan and how troop levels have a celebrated in spite of success and operations. everyone can see how the u.s. military has been deployed while there are more serious issues in libya and etcetera. i want to ask one question about
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what your opinion is on naval security in defense of libya aggression. guest: when i was in the first gulf war, we did not implement a no-fly zone. our coalition forces had stopped moving forward in iraq. they wanted to put them the resistance that had risen up without invading the country as we had done in 2003. i think that my read is the we are moving so slow that we will
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not implement a no-fly zone until later, when it will be meaningless. gaddafi is an enemy of the united states. he killed people when he conspired and an up a u.s. over wisconsin. we should remember that. i think we can do it without going very far inland, because most of the cities are along the coast. host: what do you make of the arab league endorsing that idea? guest: great. the u.s. not taking the lead as we have in the past.
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i worry that the insurrection will be put down before the implementation of the no-fly zone. it is very important in terms of their resolution. the you in would be better, second choice nato. host: let me go back to the nuclear reactors in japan. here is a headline this morning from new jersey, independent line. caller: i would like to thank you for your service.
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you have a lot of good ideas. has anyone thought to follow brazil with the certain type of vehicles? they have energy independence with lower gas prices and cleaner air. they could invest it in the united states, specifically for clean air. we would take a major step in favor. to have lower gas -- step if they are going to have lower gas prices.
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guest: i am very disappointed that we have gone down the ethanol route in the united states. it averaged eight -- haggravates food prices. one thing i am working on is that we have some regulatory impediments certifying the conversion that it is taking too long by the epa. i am looking at what we can do to accelerate that. we are the saudi arabia of natural gas. we should be able to utilize the resources. must reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
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hopefully we will make that step. host: ohio, a democrat line. caller: when bush was the president and we went into the iraq war, he said this war will pay for itself the and we would have a free iraqi oil. i have not heard anything about this so far. i would like to know, we have all of these people out of work in this country. why cannot we start our on oil drilling companies? we have the people into the material. we can build our own platforms. then we could get oil from our country. guest: i do not believe the
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president ever said we would get free oil from the iraqi war. i think we could have done regime change, which would have been important to provide minimal support. 80% of the iraqi population to say withoute subtle hussei putting a foot on the ground. in my view, we could have accomplished it at a much lower cost to the u.s. taxpayer. when you talk about the energy question. -- it goes back to give an american people access to its
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